Sister condemns brother’s online threat to shoot Prime Minister

By Talaia Mika 12 February 2019, 12:00AM

The leader of the Samoa First Political Party and senior lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, has condemned a threat to shoot Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi made by her brother, Saute Sapolu.

She has also expressed her disapproval of the foul language he used to verbally attack the Prime Minister.

“My advice for him is to refrain from using that kind of language as it is not representative of our parents,” Unasa told the Samoa Observer, outside the Supreme Court. 

“Our parents didn’t teach us to swear and that does not represent a respectful family in Samoa.”

The threats were made in a video posted by Saute on his Facebook page during the weekend, which immediately went viral.

Taken in the United States, the video features Saute swearing at Prime Minister Tuilaepa, using words that cannot be published. He then makes a threat to shoot Prime Minister Tuilaepa, after he criticizes the way the Government is being run. 

Unasa said the threat and the language used should be condemned. She said it reflects badly on their family because their parents did not raise them up to be that way.

“Our family is the opposite of Saute’s misbehavior. We don’t have that in our family so I don’t know where this kind of behavior comes from,” she said.

Unasa added that she had blocked her brother on Facebook for the same behaviour.

The video from Saute follows the arrest of King Faipopo during the weekend, charged under the Criminal Libel Law.

In a statement issued by the Police, they cautioned members of the public against abuse of social media.

“The damage that defamatory statements on social media outlets and cyber bullying has done to several members of the community is a matter that these laws are designed to address,” the statement said. 

“Where complaints are laid with the police, we will do our best to assist those being victimised on social media platforms by any false statements.”

Attempts to confirm from the Police whether Saute would be charged were unsuccessful.

By Talaia Mika 12 February 2019, 12:00AM

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